KEY FEATURES: In-depth discussions of theoretical practices show readers how to engage immigrants and refugees in the most culturally appropriate and relevant manner possible. Coverage of unique topics including practice with survivors of torture, women, LGBTQ immigrants/refugees, and youth provide guiding frameworks and examples for effective practice. Reflective questions and case studies provide substantive examples and exercises of how the chapter theories and concepts can be directly applied in practice. Implications for transnational practice and ethical standards spanning a global professional context are covered in a final chapter. Chapter highlights and summative points help readers review and master the material. A comprehensive appendix offers resources and websites to further inform practice.

Theoretical Orientations and Reorientation
Unit II Theoretical orientations and reorientation

“We think of immigration as a Western issue but, of course, it isn’t.”

~ Kiran Desai

Learning Objectives

Examine the limitations of current Western theories used in direct practice with immigrants and refugees.

Introduce an integrative theoretical framework that incorporates Western theory with important considerations for serving transnational populations, e.g., become a collaborator in solidarity with clients, emphasize client self-determination and cultural relevance, and consider adaptation of theory.

Discuss general and common problems as well as resilience, identifying strengths when working with immigrant and refugee populations.


Unit II Theoretical Orientations and Reorientation provides a foundation for understanding the role and utility of ...

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